Match of the day:
Tommy Haas defeated David Nalbandian 6-7(0), 7-6(4), 6-3 in 3 hours and 22 minutes.
Fun match facts:
– It is tied for the longest non-Olympic match in 2012 on the ATP World Tour with Denis Istomin’s 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 win over Juan Ignacio Chela in the Indian Wells second round.
– It is the second longest match at the Western & Southern Open since such a record keeping began in 1991. Last year Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco in a record 3 hours and 38 minutes, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in the Round of 16.
42 Errors “Unprofessional”
Serena Williams defeated Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3, 6-4 committing 42 unforced errors. Serena called all her errors “Unprofessional.”
Toronto win Important to Djokovic
Q. How important do you think Toronto is gonna be for you for the rest of the year considering that it’s been a few months since you won a previous title?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s going to mean a lot to me. It means already a lot to me now because of the circumstances that I’ve had in last month and a half playing a lot matches, a lot tennis on grass courts, and then having the very emotional Olympic Games and coming in late to Toronto and trying to get used to the surface that I haven’t played on for four, five months. Then the time zone and all those things, which take time.
Obviously that’s something that I didn’t have. I had to get used to it in two days and play my first match. It turned out to be a great tournament for me, a tournament that’s going to give me a lot of confidence now.
You know, I love playing on hard courts. It’s my most preferred surface. Hopefully I can try to continue that run.
Venus Rises in 3
Venus Williams survived Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in 2 hours and 23 minutes.
On coping with her auto-immune disorder:
I’m learning to cope better. I’m trying different things all the time. I keep working with my doctors. You know, nothing can prevent bad days, but the bad days aren’t as bad as they used to be. I am learning it deal with it.
It’s a work in progress. My main goal is to be 100%, but it’s not like it goes a way. It’s still in my body trying to fight against me, but I’m fighting it as well.
I go to practice. I still go. Every day counts. This is my life, so I have to learn to play with it. I can’t say, I’m over it today. Even if it’s a hard day, even if every day is hard, I have to.
If I want to play professional tennis, I have to learn to deal with it.
On her expectations for the US Open:
Of course I’m excited about the Open. I’m still really focused on this event.
I know I can play great tennis. I need some more matches obviously, and I need to execute out there on the court and I need to feel halfway decent.
So there are a lot of things that have to fall in place for me maybe more than other players, but I’m up for the challenge. You know, if I can get more wins, they’re a lot sweeter for me.
Q. You’re saying you’re aiming at playing Rio, which is 2016, 22 years past your first match as a pro. That’s a long time.
VENUS WILLIAMS: That’s an awesome career. I figure I’m going to spend more time retired than pro, so while I’m here I’m going to go for it. If I’m on one leg and I get to Rio, that’s great, too.
That’s my whole goal: continue to work on my health and stay healthy as much as I can. I think if that happens, I can get to Rio.
Back Spasms for Roddick
Andy Roddick developed back spasms during his match against Jeremy Chardy falling to the Frenchman in straight sets.
“I felt fine early on, and then I had one lunge forehand and … you know, we have all had it. The back kind of goes out or spasms a little bit. It got progressively worse.”
Roddick mentioned that his back had been bothering him a few days ago.
Three-time Western & Southern Open champions and the Olympic doubles gold Bob and Mike Bryan threw out the first pitch prior to Tuesday Â evening’s Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ball Park.
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Nadia Petrova retired from her match with Ekaterina Makarova with dizziness.
Tamira Paszek retired from her match with Sofia Arvidsson with a migraine.
Christina McHale retired with a gastrointestinal illness against Chanelle Scheepers trailing 6-3, 3-6, 0-3.
Gilles Simon pulled out prior to his match against Marcos Baghdatis with a shoulder injury. He was replaced by lucky loser Alejandro Falla.
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